Began the morning with breakfast and Won't You Be My Neighbor? This is the 50-minute Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood "movie" that introduces Jodie Platt the platypus and her family to the cast. Daniel's delighted when he sees a moving van pull up to the house next-door, and is even happier when he learns that the family has a child his age, sweet Jodie. Poor Jodie is homesick and misses her old neighborhood, especially when she can't find her favorite book that her mother reads to her every night. Daniel helps her find her book, then introduces her to his friends when everyone goes to the Enchanted Garden for a welcome party.
Switched to Split Second while getting ready for work. Started off with two women and a young man. This time, the guy pulled ahead in the end. For the third time in less than a week, he chose the board with the word "car" on his very first try.
Headed out to work shortly after the episode ended. Work was as dead as it's been all week. We were steady around the noon rush hour, then died out again. Other than I got my break a little late, there were no major problems, and I was in and out as fast as I could go.
Took the long way home down Nicholson Road, despite it being the beginning of the evening rush hour. There was a little traffic around the mall and church, but after that, it was smooth sailing. The weather didn't help. It was damp and gloomy, with heavy clouds lingering over South Jersey. At least the greenery is lovely. There were beautiful yellow sunflower-like blossoms growing on high stalks waving on the sides of the hill going into Oaklyn.
Found two packages waiting for me when I arrived home. The smaller held Prime Time Musicals. This collection of songs from lesser-known television musicals of the 1950's and 60's is a long out-of-print Varase Sarabande title I picked up on eBay. The other was a biography from Amazon. The Matchless Gene Rayburn was a LOT bigger than I expected, but then again, it has an index featuring not only all of Gene's TV work, but all of the panels on all three versions of Match Game Gene hosted, including The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.
Looked over the book while watching more game shows. Slightly smarmy George Hamilton and his wife Alana were the big winners on Tattletales today, over comedian Jack Carter and his wife Roxanne and Chris and Carol Connelly. Things went fairly well for the contestants during the first half of Press Your Luck, with everyone picking up at least a little money. That ended early in the second half. The Whammies suddenly flew fast and furious. The one man only hit one and picked up a "heritage tour" across the US and golf clubs, among other prizes.
Worked on writing for a while after the show ended. Sir Dick Gautier and Robert Waldon arrive, ready to pound on Malade for turning them into trolls. They come just in time to see Gene and Bill Cullen use their lights to hold back Malade...and hear more people arriving, including Debralee the Water Fairy.
Broke for dinner at 6:30. Made vegetable lasagna with spinach and eggplant while watching Match Game '74. Charlie Brill joins Jo Ann Pflug, Patti Deustch, and the regulars as hammy Gene poses for his audience on arrival and they make jokes about how the cue card boy Roger spells "cannibal." The young contestant on Sale of the Century just keeps rolling. This time, he was ahead the entire episode, won the Speed Round decisively, and picked up 3,000 on the match the prize board.
Switched to It's a Living on Tubi while finishing up dinner. Cassie has to deal with a "Jealous Wife" in the third season when a woman storms in claiming she stole her husband. Cassie thinks she knows who it is, but gets a real surprise when she realizes that her current flame isn't as available as he claims to be.
Ended the night online with Pan-Americana on TCM's on-demand app. I go further into this tale of a Goodwill Tour that ends in romance, with stops for numbers from top Latin American talent of the 1940's, at my Musical Dreams Movie Reviews blog.